Donald D. Duncan
Tracy - Donald D. Duncan passed away at home quietly in his sleep Monday, May 24, 2021, just four days after his 99th birthday.
Don was born May 20, 1922, to George Archibald Duncan and Marjorie Edith (Wentworth) Duncan in Fresno, CA. George's Scotch/Irish family immigrated to the United States in the 1940's during the "Great Irish Potato Famine". Marjorie's family immigrated from England in the 1840's.
Don met and fell in love with Magdalena (Shorty) Finck at a dance in Modesto in 1940. Don's sister and Shorty's brother were dating (later married) and introduced them. They eloped to Reno about a year later and were married February 22, 1941. They moved to the Bay area seeking work. Don worked at a dry cleaner in San Jose before moving to Richmond and working the night shift at the shipyards. They returned to Tracy in 1944 where they raised their four children.
Don was a dedicated sports fan and outdoorsman. He loved watching the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants and PGA golf. He especially enjoyed fishing and hunting trips with Shorty and their group of friends. He was also an excellent athlete in his prime. In 1946 Don worked part-time for Sam and Frank Hill. Frank owned the Tracy Ice and Development Co. on MacArthur Road and Sam owned Hill's Sporting Goods on 11th Street. Sam was known as one of the best fastpitch softball pitchers in the area. Sam and Don organized a team of friends into one of the best softball teams in the area. A year or two after the softball team was established, they took most of the same players and organized a hardball team sponsored by The Sun Valley Creamery. They played softball two or three nights per week and played hardball on Saturday with double-headers on Sunday. They played in leagues in Stockton and Tracy and were highly successful into the late 1950's.
Don is survived by three of his children: Ron (Karen) of Stockton, John (Janice) or Tracy, and Nancy of Nicholas, CA. Also surviving him are four grandchildren: Detra (Mark) Landon, Stacy (Steve) Anastasio, and Dawn (Charles) Manne, all of Tracy, and Jon (Kathleen) Duncan of Vancouver, WA; two step-granddaughters, Shelly Esposeto and Sheri Newman of Stockton; 15 great-grandchildren, Christopher (Marina) Anderson of Lodi, Megan (Scotty) Lundell of Lathrop, Jill, Jessica, and Samantha Anastasio of Tracy, Cody Landon of Stockton, Ryan Landon of Tracy, and Kenny, Payton and Taylor Duncan of Vancouver, WA, Duncan, William, Harrison and Charlotte Manne of Tracy, and Shane Duncan Jr. of Stockton. He had two step-great-grandchildren, Josh Hall and Jessica Hall of Spokane, WA; three great-great-grandchildren, Christopher, Julian, and Arrielle Anderson; and two step-great-great-grandchildren, Skylar Hall of Spokane, WA and Talos Canalita of Stockton, and sister Delores (Conrad) Kootz of San Marcos, CA, as well as many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.
Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 76 years Magdalena (Shorty) Duncan. They are now together forever. Also preceding him in death was a daughter, Sheila Ann Duncan Campos, sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Art Finck, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Geri and Calvin (Bud) Schultz, sister Darlene Wentworth, and granddaughter Christina Duncan and grandson Shane Duncan.
Published by The Record from Jul. 9 to Jul. 10, 2021.